Published by NativeAmericanRoots: “Poor White Women” in Granville’s Native American Community

In this blog post, I closely examine the lives of several white women who lived among, married into, and had children with Native Americans in Granville County. I find these examples quite interesting because they dispel the notion of “white” as a static racial category. Though these women were “biologically” white and born into white families, […]

Published by NativeAmericanRoots: The Saponi/Monacan Indian Brandon/Branham Family of Granville County

The Brandons are a core family of Granville’s Native community that have intermarried with most of the other Native families. Originating in Southside Virginia, the Brandons came to Granville County in the 1820s, rejoining their Saponi relatives who had already established the community during the days of Indian trader Colonel William Eaton. I introduced the Brandon […]

Published by DNA-Explained: Free Access to Native American Records – Limited Time

Many people have an oral history of Native American heritage. is offering free access to their Native American Collection until November 15th, 2015. Finding that your DNA carries a history of Native heritage often is just the beginning of a search.  The next question, if of course, which tribe.  That information generally comes from genealogy […]